CULT PENS Shimmer INK Exclusives Swatch Tests

Huge respect to Cult Pens who are not only continuing to champion and carry quality fountain pen ink from all over but are expanding their own exclusive range of inks from well known ink makers.


On track with the growing interest in shimmer inks, Cult pens have commissioned six new shimmer inks. Two from Dominant Industry with Autumn Sunlight – a rich yellow with a silver shimmer and Harvest Moon – a deep ochre with gold shimmer (top left and top middle); one from Wearingeul called The Merchant of Venice – a very dark brown with a delicate gold shimmer (top right); and, three from the Wizard of Oz himself, Robert Oster, with Bantham Blue – a sea blue with a gold shimmer, Exmoor Dark Skies – a deep dark blue with a red sheen and gold shimmer and Lyme Regis Grey – a dark grey with fabulous chromo and a rose gold shimmer (bottom three).abstracts
Abstract Calligraphy examples

This is the first time I have sampled Dominant Industry inks and I’m very impressed. Wearingeul as you may know, are a relative new player to our world of inky magic but make good stuff and Robert Oster never disappoints. Take a look at the pics and think you’ll agree – all must haves! That Lyme Regis Grey rose shimmer is just stunning as is the gold shimmer of the Exmoor Dark Skies – lots of lovely chromo and a sheen too! Click here for the ink area on Cult Pens site.

All tests on Bockingford Rough 200lb Rough watercolour paper and 140lb HP watercolour paper with handwriting using a Noodler’s Creeper pen.

OF NOTE: I am running an online fountain pen ink workshop on Wednesday 26th October from 6-7pm as part of the Cult Pens creative workshops initiative. If you’d like to attend, please click the following link and register:

ALSO OF NOTE: Anja at Papier and Stift has very kindly sent me vials for the complete Dominant Industry range which I will be showcasing along with samples of Fountain Wheel Press, Wearingeul, Diplomat, Taccia Jeans, Pennonia Lab and Teranishi throughout November, December and January. And yes, I have my Diamine Inkvent Calendar to share too! Also coming up real soon will be an overview of this year’s Inktober (my efforts are currently being posted daily on Instagram and Facebook), plus a detailed look at the new pigment inks from Octopus and Kakimori and how they could positively impact the worlds of fountain pen sketching and illustration. So if ink is your thing… stay tuned!

AND HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course ?

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